Andreas Feininger 'hardware' for specific photos

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  1. Murray@uptowngallery

    Murray@uptowngallery Member

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    Hello:

    Can anyone please refer me to any info identifying which published (available on the 'Web hopefully) photos by Andreas Feininger were made with magniying glass lenses? I was thinking the 'derelict vessel area' shipyard photo may have been, but can't find where I read that.

    Also, anyone know which book described his 'Big Bertha' telephoto camera?

    Thank you

    Murray
     
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    His "big bertha" was (as I remember) in a book he authored and was published in the early fifties. I can't remember the title but the paper cover had a picture of a photographer holding a leica with an accessory viewfinder which was superimposed over his eyes (lens over the right and viewfinder over the left). My only suggestion for a starting point would be the Library of Congress.
    This was one of the first books about photography that I read (and, hopefully, learned from).
     
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    I have a book titled: Andreas Feininger Photographer (Harry N. Abrahms Inc, NY 1986- ISBN 0-8109-0919-7) author was Feininger.


    It is basically a coffee table autobiography that contains a great number of images covering all aspects of his career.

    There are photos and a description of a 4x5 camera he built that allowed for extreme telephoto shots.

    "I combined a retired 4x5 view camera body and a boxlike wooden extension tube and equipped this contraption with a Dallmeyer Grandac variable-focus telephoto lens set at a focal length of 40" which I picked up at the odds-and-ends counter of a large photo store"

    He also discusses inventing a "five-pod" to keep the 2 and a half foot long monster stable. He does not use the term "big Bertha" but i would guess that this is the camera you are curious about.
     
  4. Murray@uptowngallery

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    Yes, thank you.

    That was a 'real' lens.

    That answers the question of how homebrew the lens was!

    Murray